Wednesday, 12 December 2012
Mandela Making Progress - Doctors
Doctors treating former South African President Nelson Mandela have said he is recovering from a lung infection that has kept the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader in hospital for the last five days
" Mandela has made progress during the past 24 hours and they are satisfied with the way he is responding to treatment," President Jacob Zuma's office said a statement released on Wednesday
Tata as locally known by his supporters was admitted to Pretoria's '1 Military' Hospital on Saturday after being flown from his home village of Qunu in a remote, rural part of the Eastern Cape province.
The government only gave the first concrete details about his condition on Tuesday, saying he had suffered a recurrence of a lung infection.
When he was admitted, officials stressed there was no cause for concern although domestic media reports suggested senior members of the government and people close to him had been caught unawares.
He has since spent most of his time in his ancestral home in Qunu, a village in the impoverished Eastern Cape province.
His fragile health prevents him from making any public appearances in South Africa, although he has continued to receive high-profile domestic and international visitors, including former U.S. President Bill Clinton in July.